The circuit designed by Anthony Noghès in 1929 generated, as usual, unique headlines before and after the race.
The Monaco Grand Prix is surrounded by the glamour of the streets of the Mediterranean principality, but this time around, the charming spell did not work as planned on some drivers.
The 78-lap race was considered “boring” by two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who retired with a gearbox problem, on the matter he stated: “Probably the most boring race ever in Formula One.”
Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished third, and leads the championship, wasn´t too happy about how things turned out either, the four-time world champion considered the race “intensely boring.”
“It's a shame that the race is unfortunately not as exciting as the whole spectacle of Monaco, especially since through practice there's no place like it and the track is just epic in Qualifying,” he said.
“I spoke to Prince Albert the other day and said maybe we should make it longer. There are more roads so maybe we can change this great track and make it even better. Or maybe the format should change,” he added.
During the whole weekend, we watched cars racing faster than ever in the Principality, breaking lap records thanks to the “hyper-soft” and “ultra-soft” tyres, but it came with a high price to be paid in a street circuit where overtaking is almost impossible.
As times keep dropping on the softest compound of tyres, degradation intensified, and with a one-stop strategy, the quickest cars were obliged to make room for tyre management. Pushing hard wasn't an option on Sunday.
The rain was invited to the exclusive Monte-Carlo party. Fernando Alonso was one of the drivers who was longing to see its longtime friend, but rumors turned out to be true, and rain was a no-show for the event.
The unexpected absence of the safety car, the first since 2009, also made a difference during the race.
The streets of Monte-Carlo are tight and have always been, to overtake is difficult, that wasn't a secret either, why was it boring then?
It didn't, things change, a few adjustments here and then wouldn´t hurt, but yet Monaco is the race all drivers want to win.
Daniel Ricciardo patiently waited and did so by using six of eight gears due to transmission and engine faults.
The driver behind the wheel still makes the difference in Monaco, that alone makes it worth watching.
On the possibility of changing the layout of the race, Prince Albert, speaking to Forbes, said:
‘We always look, every once in a while, at different possibilities of extending the track, and certainly something to think about is that we are building the new land extension.‘There are no plans or anything yet; it is just in the back of all of our minds — people in the Automobile Club but also in the government — that there could be.
‘I am not saying that it will happen necessarily, but at some point, we are going to put our minds together and say “how can we not only improve this but how can we make it a little more exciting by maybe changing the course slightly?”
"We haven’t gone beyond this simple statement of an idea — something that is in the back of our minds. The land extension is going to be six hectares. There are going to be some private areas and some gardens, but there could be room to configure it in such a way that it could accommodate at least a small extension to the track."
BORING TO SOME, EXCITING TO OTHERS
Ricciardo opened a big smile for the whole world to see, after winning his first Monaco Grand Prix.
There wasn´t a happier man on earth last Sunday than him, after haven driven to victory his RB14 with a loss of power for most of the race.
“We had a lot less power, fortunately, it’s a tight track and we had a good car so I could make up enough time in the corners not to be vulnerable on the straights. On any other circuit, there was no way I would have won today. It wasn’t fun driving like that and I’m pretty exhausted but very, very happy. We finally got some redemption and this is the sweetest feeling. It wasn’t easy but now I can say I’m a winner here and it’s great to win the team’s 250th race,” said the Red Bull driver.
The Australian is now third in the overall driver´s standings with 72 points, second is Sebastian Vettel with 96, and Lewis Hamilton leads with a total of 110 points after the race.
Force India driver, Esteban Ocon was a happy man after his performance with his VJM11, scoring points for the second time this season - Ocon finished sixth in the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix.
“The pace we had in the car was unbelievable,” he added. “I was quickest on track at some points which were very, very impressive. I was catching Raikkonen and Bottas by one second a lap at some point.
“I think our understanding of the tyres was really really good, really strong. Today I’m more than happy, the boys are really happy, and I’m looking forward to many more weekends like that,” he said.
Another happy Frenchman on Sunday was Pierre Gasly from Toro Rosso:
“My first Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 1 and my second time in the points, honestly, it was an amazing race! Starting P10, we knew it could be difficult but the car was just so fast! I tried to be careful with the tyres from the beginning, and when I was alone on track I could just push flat out because I was feeling good with the car. We managed to exit after the pits in front of the others and I fought hard to keep Hulkenberg behind because we know that in Monaco it’s hard to pass. I just tried to stay focussed and not to make any mistakes because, in the end, the tyres were quite used – It wasn’t easy but we managed to finish in P7.
I’m just super happy!”